6.1/10
23
2 user

The Last Days of Pompeii (1926)

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (original title)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi
Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Stars: Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale
Pompeii I (2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

This magnificent spectacular subject is one of the grandest films ever produced. A story of heart interest leads up to the climax which is a splendid representation of one of the greatest events in history.

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Arturo Ambrosio, Luigi Maggi
Stars: Luigi Maggi, Lydia De Roberti, Umberto Mozzato
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This costume series portrays aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of ... See full summary »

Stars: Ned Beatty, Brian Blessed, Ernest Borgnine
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Vesuvius erupts and people escape from a room as the ceiling falls.

Director: Walter R. Booth
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

Directors: Mario Bonnard, Sergio Leone
Stars: Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Stars: Uschi Digard, Christopher Ellison, Stan Patt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Varconi ...
Rina De Liguoro ...
...
...
Emilio Ghione ...
Caleno
Lia Maris ...
Julia
Gildo Bocci ...
Enrica Fantis ...
Julia's friend
Vittorio Evangelisti ...
Apecide
Ferruccio Biancini ...
Carlo Gualandri ...
Clodio
Vasco Creti ...
Alfredo Martinelli ...
Giuseppe Pierozzi ...
Josio
Enrico Monti ...
Lidone
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | History

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

9 March 1926 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Pompeii  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the December 1, 1926 issue of Cinéa-Ciné pour tous, that film grossed more money in a week (from November 12 to 18) than any other at the Aubert Palace of Paris ever since the creation of the theater. See more »

Connections

Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1913) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII {Edited U.S. Version} (Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi, 1926) **
7 March 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

To begin with, my acquisition – and current viewing – of this one came purely by accident: the film was paired with the later 1959 version on a budget DVD (though actually advertised as being the even earlier rendition from 1913!); as for my watching it, I didn't consciously include the film at this juncture in my Epics challenge because of the similar WAR GODS OF BABYLON (1962) from the previous day – but, simply, because I was pressed for time (more on this later). To get back to the confusion over which 'primitive' version was included on the DVD, in all fairness, one would be excused in thinking this emanated from the 1910s rather than the last days of the Silent era {sic}, considering the exaggerated acting style – which had been all but surpassed by this time – on display. This, however, is just as easily negated by the brief and pointless instances of nudity in the film – not to mention the presence of German actor Bernhard Goetzke, best-known for playing Death in Fritz Lang's DESTINY (1921). In hindsight, I must admit that my exposure to early Italian cinema has been too scarce to pass objective judgment upon it!

Even so, my low rating of the film has more to do with the fact that it's a heavily-condensed version (lasting a measly 57 minutes) of the original, listed on the IMDb as having a hefty 147-minute running-time (presumably, at Silent-film speed)!; besides, the intertitles have been eliminated in favor of a droning narration in English (the epic film, then, seems to have made the U.S. rounds in this ungainly form). For this reason, it races through an elaborate plot featuring innumerable characters; what remains leans, predictably, towards melodrama: Boy loves Girl, Girl is under the spell of Magician, Boy also loved by Blind Waif and another woman (whose rejection leads her to consort with Magician in order to mix a love potion), a pagan Temple-boy sees the error of his ways and converts to Christianity, Magician kills the latter and is blackmailed by a greedy but unwise eye-witness, Boy (mystified by the drug) finds himself accused of the young priest's murder and is sentenced to fight for his life in the arena, Blind Waif (who's prone to atrocious singing and harp-playing!) finally sacrifices herself so as not to stand in the path of True Love, etc.

All of which, of course, leads to the volcanic eruption that's the true raison d'etre of the popular tale – a spectacle which redeems this version to some extent. By the way, Victor Varconi – who plays the part of the hero – subsequently had a long career in Hollywood as a character actor; as for director Gallone, he too kept on working steadily for many years afterwards (I have his CARMEN DI TRASTEVERE [1962] in my "To Watch" list recorded off late-night Italian TV, a modernization of another much-filmed source – Prosper Merimee''s "Carmen", which also inspired the famous Georges Bizet opera).


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1926 Version on Youtube or Google video philiplama
Discuss The Last Days of Pompeii (1926) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?